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Secure AFS

Secure AFS is an option for storing High Risk Data in a secure, centralized location. Secure AFS is based on AFS (Andrew File System), a distributed networked file system in wide use at Stanford for general data storage.


Use this option when you…

  • need to share documents and files over the network with group
  • faculty, staff, and students have valid SUNet ID, must be a member of a workgroup
  • use AFS file permissions to provide access via workgroup
  • store High Risk Data in a secure, centralized location

Example Use Cases

  • Dedicated research purpose and/or requirement for Stanford department and group

Cost Considerations

  • AFS storage space is free of charge
  • Users get 5 GB of AFS disk space 
  • Additional disk space is available by request for faculty-sponsored research
  • Secure AFS accounts are automatically removed in 18 months period if it doesn’t get renewal.


  • Support is provided by UIT Core Infrastructure team.